Jan C. Ting

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Jan Ting
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Personal details
Born (1948-12-17) December 17, 1948 (age 70)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (Before 2008)
Independent (2008–present)
Spouse(s)Helen Page
EducationOberlin College (BA)
University of Hawaii, Manoa (MA)
Harvard University (JD)

Jan Ching-an Ting (Chinese: ; pinyin: Dīng Jǐngān; born December 17, 1948) is a Professor of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Delaware in the 2006 U.S. Senate election, but two years later Ting left the Republican Party in a dispute over his endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Early years[edit]

Ting was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, son of Dr. Sik Woo Ting, a Chinese immigrant who came to the United States in 1938 with his wife, to continue their studies after the Japanese invasion of China.[1] Ting's father received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1943, joined the U.S. Army as a medical officer during World War II and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle for Germany. Dr. Sik Woo Ting received his U.S. citizenship while on active duty with the U.S. Army in France in 1945.

Personal life[edit]

Jan Ting is a 1966 graduate of Lowrey High School in Dearborn, Michigan, a 1970 graduate of Oberlin College where he majored in history, and he received a Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii in 1972.[2] He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975.[2] He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Helen Page Ting, a physician. They have two daughters, Margaret and Mary.

Professional career[edit]

Ting joined the faculty of Temple University School of Law in 1977.[2] He teaches courses in taxation, immigration, citizenship, and national security.[2] In 1990, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Assistant Commissioner at the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.[3] He served in this capacity until 1993, when he returned to the faculty at Temple University, serving as Director of the Graduate Tax Program from 1994 to 2001.[2] He has also taught as a visiting professor at Widener University in Wilmington. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.[4] He serves on the boards of the Delaware Historical Society and the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

Ting testified before the 9/11 Commission in December 2003 on the subject of immigration and national security.[5] Ting has also testified before the United States Congress, and has published articles on the topics of taxation, immigration, and national security.[6] He has been quoted in news reports and published commentary in various media including The Philadelphia Inquirer,[7] New York Times,[8] The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,[9] the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio,[10] PBS Newshour,[11] ABC Nightline, the NBC Today Show, Dateline, and Evening News programs. A frequent guest on CN-8, Fox News, and MSNBC, he continues to be called on to discuss current topics related to immigration and national security. He is a panelist on the public affairs program "Inside Story" on WPVI-TV, Channel 6-ABC in Philadelphia.

Political career[edit]

Ting was appointed by Governor Michael N. Castle as Chairman of the Delaware State Personnel Commission. In 2006 he was endorsed by the Delaware Republican convention as the party’s candidate in the 2006 U.S. Senate election.[12] Ting narrowly defeated primary opponent Michael D. Protack for the nomination, and was himself defeated by incumbent U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper in the November 2006 election. Ting has also been a regional GOP chair and three-time representative to the Republican national convention.[citation needed]

Departure from the Republican Party[edit]

In 1996, Ting was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and endorsed Bob Dole for president.[13] In the 2008 primary elections, Ting was an advisor to Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani,[6] and expressed support for candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. In the general election, however, he was discovered to have contributed to Barack Obama for president, observed attending a rally for Obama,[14] and when asked cited his concerns about John McCain's immigration policy and support for the Iraq War.[15] In April 2008, Bill Sahm, the chair of the Brandywine Region of the Delaware Republican Party, summoned Ting to a meeting where he was asked about his support for the Democratic candidate and his 25-year membership on his election district's Republican committee.[15] As Sahm later recalled, Ting asked if he was being asked to resign from the Republican party; Sahm replied, "If you can't be loyal, that might be best for all concerned."[16] Ting later referred to his resignation as an "expulsion".[16]

Election results[edit]

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2006 U.S. Senator Primary Jan C. Ting Republican 6,110 43% Michael D. Protack
Christine O'Donnell
Republican 5,771
2006 U.S. Senate General Jan C. Ting Republican 69,732 29% Thomas R. Carper Democratic 170,544 70%


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jan Ting". Beasley School of Law. Temple University. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Krikorian, Mark, moderator (June 2009). "Panel: Should Judges Set Immigration Policy?". Center for Immigration Studies.
  4. ^ "Jan C. Ting". Foreign Policy Research Institute. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "Statement of Jan Ting to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States". National Commission on Terrorist Attachs Upon the United States. December 8, 2003.
  6. ^ a b "Jan C. Ting". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg, L.P. Archived from the original on April 18, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Ting, Jan C (August 24, 2010). "Not all born here are born citizens". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  8. ^ Preston, Julia (October 14, 2007). "No Need for a Warrant, You're an Immigrant". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Brulliard, Karin (August 28, 2007). "Immigrant Laws Tread Uncharted Legal Path". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ "Alito Asylum Rulings Raise Questions" (transcript). All Things Considered. National Public Radio. November 23, 2005.
  11. ^ "Immigration Activists Seek Action From Obama" (transcript). PBS Newshour. Public Broadcasting System. March 22, 2010.
  12. ^ "Jan Ting for Senate". Archived from the original on November 1, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  13. ^ "Kind Words and Cross Fingers" (transcript). PBS Newshour. Public Broadcasting System. August 15, 1996.
  14. ^ "Former GOP Senate candidate supporting Obama". WPVI-TV. ABC. Associated Press. August 2, 2008.
  15. ^ a b Otterbein, Holly (September 2, 2008). "Delaware GOP ousts professor". The Temple News Online. Temple University. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010.
  16. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Sean (August 2, 2008). "Delaware GOP's Ting pays price for supporting Obama". The News Journal. Delaware. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
Party political offices
Preceded by
William Roth
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Delaware
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Kevin Wade